Your Will is the most important legal document you will ever possess, yet approximately 55% of American Adults do not have a Will. Many rightly consider their Will as their most important legal document because it allows them to determine the outcome of their financial estate after their death. (However, there is one thing that is more important than one's Will; it is discussed in a moment.)
You need a Will! A Last Will and Testament can give you the satisfaction and sense of security that when you depart this earth, your earthly possessions will be used in a manner consistent with what you have determined. Do you wish to entrust some of your possessions and monies to your surviving spouse, to certain descendants, to stepchildren, grandchildren, a sibling, a good friend, or charity?
A Will enables You to decide. A valid will enables you to predetermine the: "Who, What, Where, and When" of your final estate. It enables you to choose which of your heirs will participate in receiving the possessions and monies you leave behind. Will they go to an irresponsible child or grandchild that would spend the money recklessly with absolutely no thought of gratitude to you for your sacrifices, or will they go to a more responsible person that has proven to be respectful and appreciative? The beauty of a will is that you get to choose to whom you will leave your money and possessions. In short, your Will is your opportunity to have your final wishes met. Click on our Legal tab for more information, or contact your attorney.
There is one thing that is more important than a person's last Will. It is a person's relationship with God. "I knew that you would get around to all this religious stuff sooner or later," you say. Before you dismiss this thought, please read on. Suppose that when you die you have accumulated a large estate. You have large bank accounts, stock portfolios, and real estate holdings. You were responsible and very successful. You will be remembered by everyone as a good person who really had their act together and who was extremely successful. Yet there was one thing missing. You neglected your relationship with God. Though you died a wealthy person, you are now a spiritual pauper. You gained the world, but you lost your soul. Would that be a good trade-off? Not on your life. "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26
This life is temporary. Eternal life is eternal...it lasts forever. We support a person's right to riches, success, and wealth in every way. However, we advocate something that is more important than all of those...a viable personal relationship with God. Riches, success, and wealth can be transitory. Consider the thousands who lost vast amounts of money in the Barnard Madoff ponzi scheme. Wealth can literally be "here today, and gone tomorrow." Have you checked your 401(k) lately? What we are advocating is simple: place your greatest emphasis on things that are eternal, not temporal. Are you interested in beginning a relationship with God? Check our Heaven tab. Do you wish to repair and restore a once viable relationship with God than has grown cold? Study the Gospel of John, pray daily, and seek out a vibrant Bible-believing and Bible teaching church.
By all means develop a will. More importantly, develop a personal realtionship with Jesus!